Wave cam


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Large waves wash along the starboard (right) side of the ship during a storm.

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Profile photo of Hugh Powell; Photos by Chris Linder

About Hugh Powell; Photos by Chris Linder

Chris is a professional photographer based in Seattle, Washington. He uses photography as a tool to educate and inspire the public about science and conservation issues.

4 Responses to “Wave cam”

  1. Ms. Dunbar's class February 9, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Chris wasn’t hanging “overboard” again to get this video, was he? We were trying to figure out how much the ship rolls in the waves, but couldn’t come to an agreement based on just the video ~ which sparked a discussion about what information we can really get from videos. Could you feel the ship rolling or does it ride smoothly through the waves?

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      Hi Ms. Dunbar’s class. No, Chris didn’t have to hang overboard for the wavecam video. One of the marine technicians made a long pole with a fitting that Chris can attach his camera to. So all he has to do is lean, rather than hang, over the side.

      We can definitely feel the ship rolling when the seas get lumpy. The Palmer is pretty stable so it hasn’t been bad most of the time, but we’ve had a gale for most of the last 2 days and it is really throwing us around. We have to tie our laptops to the desks and plan ahead when we’re trying to walk across the room.

  2. Shan from Holy Family School February 10, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Amazing shots! You really got the footage of the waves crashing against the boat. You said there was a storm. Right? How bad was the weather?

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      Hi Shan, the weather wasn’t too bad during that footage you saw. However, we’ve just finished up a gale that last about 2 days. Winds were over 40 knots (44 mph) for much of the time. The waves got big enough to nearly stop the ship and they knocked our food off the tables. We had to tie our computers and other gear to our desks. There should be a video up today or tomorrow that shows a little bit of what it was like.